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Study in Perm, Build Career in France: Motivation Advice by PSU Alumnus

Looking for opportunities besides studying in Russia? Elena Mezentseva, graduate of the Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature (2017), manager in international education at the Quartier Latin (Paris-Moscow), shares her vision of turning University years into future prospects and career.

Interviewer: How did your professional prospects grow after graduating from Perm State University?

Elena: After completing a bachelor’s degree at PSU, I continued my master’s studies at the University of Grenoble-Alpes, France, with whom our Department of Linguistics and Translation has had a long-time partnership. My home bachelor’s degree as a linguist and translator made it possible to study other related disciplines, like science du langage, langues étrangères appliquées, communication multilingue. So, I chose to do a master’s degree in langues, littératures et civilizations étrangères et régionales in études russes. Studying at PSU and the University of Grenoble-Alpes encouraged my passion for academic mobility. Not only did I regard this only as an opportunity to study abroad and host for foreign students back home, I also became interested in the logistics and preparations involved, acquiring to the adaptation of foreign students.

The academic internships in France for bachelor’s degree and mobility projects implemented in master’s degree defined my professional ambitions and outcomes. After completing my master’s degree, I started working remotely for the Quartier Latin company, assisting with training and settling in France.

Int.: Do you believe the knowledge gained at PSU became useful for your future?

Elena: Apart fromspecific knowledge of translation, theory of foreign languages and intercultural communication, the study at PSU helped me acquire general skills of critical thinking, data search and public speaking – making it possible to successfully pass a master’s course in France. Until today, I am applying these competencies at communicating with foreign students, running international business correspondence, and doing my duties as an interpreter and a translator.

As information becomes quickly irrelevant in a changing world, the knowledge gained during the University years prove to be most comprehensive and timeless.

Int.: Could you, please, share some vivid memories of your student years?

Elena: There have been plenty ofbright and memorable moments, since the very first year! These, of course, include training courses in Grenoble and Paris, which had become pivot points for me. I also recollect our University’s centennial celebration, when the campus turned into one whole festival town, full of live performances, happenings and art spaces.

Yet, perhaps, the most important event, or change was meeting my wonderful classmates, with whom we became real friends, as well as bright teachers, whose advice and guidance helps me a lot, until today!

Int.: What could you wish the future University applicants?

Elena: The student years is a unique time that gives a lot of new friends, knowledge and perspectives. Make sure you use every opportunity possible, and show your own initiative in that search, too. Do participate in exchange programs, scientific conferences, extracurricular activities, as this will allow you to meet different people, broaden your horizons and shape your goals. While still a student, try to put into practice what you have learned, as this will add value to your CV. May your student years be interesting, rewarding and exciting! And, be sure that joining the Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, you will find yourself in a large academic family, a source for support and professional confidence, indeed!

Interview source (in Russian): Department of Linguistics and Translation, Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, PSU

PSU Student from China Researchers War Literature, Gets PhD

The Faculty of Philology at Perm State University congratulates the graduate student Song Tianyao (China) on the successful defense of her PhD thesis in Russian Literature.

According to Professor Svetlana Burdina, tutor of Song Tianyao, her research might be regarded as significant, since, for the first time and in one paper, as it tracesthe influence of Russian military prose on Chinese literature of 20-21 centuries.

Throughout her studies and research activity at PSU, Song Tianyao worked as an assistant at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, and taught Chinese to students in Philology, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages and Literature (2018-2021). She previously graduated from Shandong University (China) in 2012, and further studied philology at Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (Moscow).

The thesis by Song Tianyao, titled “Artistic Reception of B. Vasiliev’s Military Prose in China”, has already received recognition by scholars from Tver and Moscow, Russia – praising her level of training,decent quality of translations and excellent command of the Russian language.

“The members of the dissertation council and thesis critics have been attracted by Song Tianyao’s revelation that a prose by a particular Russian writer became a ‘prism’ for the Chinese appreciation of war – serving a source for further interpretation in literature and film scripts,”

noted Dr. Boris Kondakov, Dean of the Faculty of Philology, PSU.

The thesis defense took place at the Dissertation Council for Philological Sciences of Tver State University. The tradition of defending a PhD thesis at some other university, other than the university of initial research, is quite frequent in Russia. As elsewhere globally, departments of Russian universities specialize in particular research problems. This leads to discipline-based dissertation councils– building research collaborations and acquiring graduate’s interests across the country.

To Remind,

In autumn, 2021, 15 students from the Chengdu Institute of the Sichuan University of Foreign Languages (China) came as future teachers of the Russian language to study at PSU. Their arrival had been inspired lead by another PSU alumnus, Li Wenxu, who graduated from the Faculty of Philology, PSU in 2018.

“In their research, students from China particularly compare Russian and Chinese literature, examine the influence of the former on the latter, and study the literature of ‘eastern’ Russian emigration in 20th century,”

says Ekaterina Klyuikova, Deputy Dean for International Affairs, Faculty of Philology.

“Here at PSU, I learned to appreciate Russian military prose and rural writers. In Perm, I felt a real Russian spirit I missed to appreciate in the capital cities. The local culture brings us closer to nature and tradition,”

says Song Tianyao, PSU post-graduate in Philology.

A Story of PSU Student in Search of Homeplace – to and from Dubai, Back to Perm

Olga Averkieva, a senior teacher at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Perm State University (PSU) has brought together the stories of nine characters who had left Perm but came back to discover their own way in local arts, business and social life, as a set of documentary shorts – uniting them into the “Back Home” Film Project.  

The fifth short episode shows Lidia Skornyakova, a graduate student of the Faculty of Philology, PSU. Having had entered the University once, studying Journalism and Philology here, she then worked as an exhibition manager and art critic for the Yeltsin Center, Ekaterinburg, Russia, and later moved to Dubai, UAE. Yet, she got back to Perm… Following Lidia, in her own words:

“This is a brief story how I learned to be happy – getting back to where I once belonged. I was born in Perm. After school, I entered the Faculty of Philology at Perm State University. I initially went to study journalism, but got bored, and switched to philology, since I had always been into foreign languages. By 2011, when I was supposed to graduate from the Faculty of Philology, I experienced life crisis. That time, I found escape to be the only way to resolve my problems. I decided that moving to a different city and connecting myself to a different activity would make me different, too – and so shake my previous burdens off. I got carried away by an idea of becoming an art critic. I went to the city of Yekaterinburg, 3,5 hours car drive from Perm, and started looking for a job. My first serious professional occupation was the one at the Yeltsin Center, dedicate to the 1st Russian President and his era. The project had just been launched, encouraging each one of us to do our best. I remember myself getting into the thick of it, quite intensely. “

“The first time I went abroad was in 2012, a trip to Thailand. It all seemed a different planet to me, contrasting to my own environment and family’s vision that travels are for the rich people, as they don’t mind wasting money on nonsense; “What for? At which expense? Why not buy something practical, like kitchen crockery, instead?” After leaving the Yeltsin Center, I flew to Dubai. And, while I was moaning there to a female friend of mine, saying I didn’t want to return neither to Perm, nor Yekaterinburg… since after the Yeltsin Center everything seemed so low-scale and much too common to me… my friend told me: “Go, try find a job here! Elsewise, what’s the use of studying English for so many years?’ So, I did go and did find one. I became a real estate consultant with a 1,5 year contract. Gradually, I started getting tired of Dubai, feeling lack of cultural activity and native language communication in its deeper sense – looking for ideas and things to discuss instead of everyday routine, you know? I was missing performances, plays, theaters. The situation at my work did not get better, either. First, I realized that selling real estate was not my cup of tea. And, secondly, there was a moment when they decided to fire everyone right on New Year’s Eve. I didn’t like the idea of waiting for my turn, and flew back to Perm. ”

“Gosh, finding myself back home in Perm, I rushed headlong to the local stage scene and shows, at last! I did everything I could: the Philharmonic, the Organ Hall, the Cultural and Business Center, the Opera and Ballet Theater, and many other places, almost every day. I started thinking of where to study. And, as I stepped onto the University campus, something clicked – as it always did, and does every time I get in here: my goodness, how cool is the vibe, that’s  the place I’ve been missing! The Master’s Degree in Chinese was well announced, so, I passed the exams, and our Dean Dr. Boris Kondakov called me to say: Welcome to the Faculty, glad to have you back! “

“When I started my Master’s, I had been working, already. An old friend of mine had offered me to take part in a cool project by the Morse Code Creative Agency – a company dealing with museum design. As a result, I started a project that I am finishing now, telling the story of Perm basketball. I see it as my personal ‘Yeltsin Center’. Most importantly, not only did this project give me a new starting point, but a new perspective of my own life, too. Previously, I considered Perm quite a boring place: not obviously true, rather because I never showed interest in it. “

“Having started working at the Yeltsin Center, I discovered that the Perm people had often been the driving force behind changes outside the city. Like, when I lived in Dubai, I discovered a whole diaspora of Permians. This came as a shock, since I always regarded Perm as a small place, some kind of a province, almost a backwater in the middle of Russia. But, no! Many people are aware of Perm State University where I am currently studying at. Perm has its own sociological and linguistic schools – which are not imaginary, like a play of Perm scholars’ egos, but the internationally recognized ones. On the whole, these are the people who share their sparkle with you, some really interesting personalities and outstanding individuals. I can’t explain why these people still make Perm their homeplace. I would, of course, like to see certain opportunities allowing them to not only personally grow, but also feel required, important and in demand to Perm… For it is here, not in St. Petersburg or Moscow, Yekaterinburg or Dubai, that they might have these prospects, belonging to their home. “

Looking back, and as an afterword, Olga Averkieva, author of the project admits: “We did not mean to shoot it for the sake of cinema as art. It is a collective reflection on why people are coming back. I hope that these series may become an impact film – the one affecting the social situation in the Perm territory. Following that line, we can go to schools, colleges and social cinemas, places of free screening, where the “Back Home” series are much welcomed.” The project had already been supported by the Presidential Grants Funding and the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation.

The “Back Home” Film – see the original episode “To Be the Happy One” 9in Russian) here.

Starring: Lidia Skornyakova, Aleksandr Noskov, Marina Garanovich, Maria Duhnova;
Script and editing: Kapitolina Dolgikh,
Camera crew: Sergey Lepikhin, Angelina Trushnikova;
Sound design: Mikhail Toropov;
Composer: Gannadyi Shyroglazov;

Project by: Olga Averkieva;
Art mentorship: Boris Karadzhev;
Produced by Olga Averkieva and Vladimir Sokolov;

The Novyi Kurs (New Course) Film Studio, Perm, Russia.  

The Chinese Experience: Study Russian and Get New Job Prospects!

Why studying Russian brings you profits and boosts career? Some of our successful graduates know the answer! For, whatever disciplines you gain while studying abroad, besides new skills, you bring back home your knowledge about the foreign culture and its language. Why not make money from that?

22 international students out of 28 have been accepted to PhD programs of the Faculty of Philology at Perm State University (PSU), in 2021. 21 Chinese and 1 Japanese postgraduates will study Linguistics and Literary Studies – as 24 full-time students, and 4 part-time ones.

This is a small, yet meaningful record for the Faculty of Philology at PSU, which teaches a wider variety of courses – such as journalism, media communications, advertising and public relations, philology, pedagogics, informational and library studies, languages and literature criticism.

15 students came as future teachers of the Russian language from the Chengdu Institute of the Sichuan University of Foreign Languages. Notably, they were encouraged to apply by their young teaching professor Li Wenxu, who graduated from the Faculty of Philology, PSU in 2018.

“In their research, students from China particularly compare Russian and Chinese literature, examine the influence of the former on the latter, and study the literature of ‘eastern’ Russian emigration in 20th century,”

says Ekaterina Klyuikova, Deputy Dean for International Affairs, Faculty of Philology.

“Here at PSU, I learned to appreciate Russian military prose and rural writers. In Perm, I felt a real Russian spirit I missed to appreciate in the capital cities. The local culture brings us closer to nature and tradition,”

says Song Tianyao, PSU post-graduate student in Philology.

Academic exchanges and mobility programs with partner universities help to reduce the price of courses, studied at PSU. In 2021, the Ministry of Higher Education and Science of Russian Federation has provided scholarship support to four foreign citizens from Georgia, Columbia, Syria and Tajikistan.   

PSU School of Philology, founded in 1916 as a part of the Faculty of History and Philology, has passed a long way through transformation to the Faculty of Philology in 1960, and separation from modern foreign languages and literature in 2003, growing and getting recognition on national level, and beyond.  

During its century-long history the Faculty served a launch pad for more than 6000 graduates in philological sciences: linguists and journalists, publishers and literary critics, teachers and writers, media managers and specialists in public relations.

The Faculty partners with universities from China, Korea, Macedonia, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Great Britain, France, Serbia, Yugoslavia, Austria, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and the Baltic countries – extending international collaborations in study and research.

PSU and Leading Regional IT-Companies to Hire Interns, Using Draft Model

Internships is a great way to gain new experience, test knowledge and see prospects for your future profession. If you are capable of convincing practice-based experts in your worthy contribution to particular tasks, chances are great you will be hired. In autumn 2021, PSU students will be given chance to enflesh  their ambitions at the best local-based IT-companies, national and international ones, developing digital solutions.

First 30 registered students will enjoy the opportunity to sneak into an IT-draft pool, meeting a variety of IT-oriented enterprises – the PARMA Technologies Group, the Simpl-Group, the SEUSLAB (СЕУСЛАБ), the RIO Soft (РИО Софт), the Smart Analytics, the Bright Soft (Брайт Софт), the Trivium (Тривиум), the FORSIGHT (ФОРСАЙТ) and the Bureau of Information Technologies (Бюро информационных технологий).  

Students can put those whom they want to cooperate with in their priority lists. Candidates should fill out a questionnaire and prepare an oral self-presentation about themselves – so that IT companies’ representatives could choose the most suitable ones for further practical tasks. In return, the chosen candidates will learn from top teams of digital solutions’ developers. Students of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Physics, Economics, as well as PSU College are welcomed to participate.

“The representatives of several companies at once will meet with a group of interested students. The practicing IT-professionals will tell about the tasks that trainees will have to solve,” says Dmitry Vershinin, Head of the Office for Internships, Department for Students’ Training, PSU. “In return, the students will introduce themselves, according to their study modules and faculties. Then the proposals for cooperation will follow – complying with the ‘draft’ concept in sports.”

A draft is known as a process to allocate certain players to teams. In a draft, teams take turns selecting from a pool of eligible players. When a team selects a player, the team receives exclusive rights to sign that player to a contract, and no other team in the league may sign the player. The process is similar to round-robin item allocation. “Having chosen a draft model, we very much hope that students will further find themselves in those leading teams engaged in digital solutions,” says Dmitry Vershinin.

The first Perm-based IT Draft in will take place on 25 November (Thursday), 4 pm (local time) at the AMAKS Premier Hotel (43 Monastyrskaya St., ground floor).

Film by PSU Alumnus Nominated for Oscar

Lyubov Mulmenko, a graduate of the Faculty of Philology, Perm State University (PSU) is listed among the co-authors of the script for the film “Compartment No. 6 “, nominated for an Oscar prize (https://abc.com/shows/oscars), in a Category “Best Movie in a Foreign Language”, representing Finland.

“Compartment No. 6” (Finnish: “Hytti nro 6”) is a 2021 internationally co-produced drama, which shows a story of a Finnish student forming an unlikely friendship with a gruff Russian miner, on a train from Moscow to Murmansk. Based on a novel by Rosa Liksom, the film was co-written and directed by Juho Kuosmanen, and united a crew from Finland, Germany, Estonia and Russia. Lyubov Mulmenko was invited to work on dialogues in Russian, as a script had been originally written in English.

The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. They are regarded as the most prestigious and significant awards in the entertainment industry worldwide, since 1929. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements, as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership.

Earlier, “Compartment No. 6” got the Palme d’Or Grand Prix at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.  Founded in 1946 in Cannes, France, it is one of the “Big Three” major European film festivals, and an event for the whole global cinema industry.

In 2021, the Cannes Festival saw another film by Lyubov Mulmenko, also performing as a co-screen writer (lead by Kira Kovalenko and a co-director Anton Yarush) – “Unclenching the Fists”, a family drama growing in a mining town in North Ossetia – a story of a young woman struggles to escape the stifling hold of the family she loves as much as she rejects. “Unclenching Fists” won the Grand Prix of the Uncleaning View author’s film competition at the 74th Cannes Film Festival.

The American Variety  Weekly has included Lyubov Mulmenko in the list of 12 Rising Russian Talents Ready for the Global Stage.

From a young age, Lyubov Mulmenko knew she would be a writer: “I just adored inventing the characters and the worlds they live in”. Gradually, she tried “to learn even more in the process.” At Perm State University, Lyubov studied journalism, and further art journalism at the Pro Arte Institute in St. Petersburg. For several years then, she worked in media, including the Sol Internet Newspaper, the Companion Magazine, the New Companion Newspaper, and wrote as a columnist for the https://Lenta.ru.

In 2014, Mulmenko made her screenwriting debut with a trio of drama films that screened in festivals including Rotterdam, San Sebastian and Karlovy Vary. Recently, Lyubov Mulmenko presented her directorial debut, “The Danube”, in the main competition of the Kinotavr Film Festival. “All I hope is to continue with storytelling,” she says, “but I’d like to write less for others and make more films myself.”

“Compartment No. 6” Poster.

“Compartment No. 6” Frame: – Official Trailer.

Lyubov Mulmenko Picture Source and “The Danube” poster: @lyubov.mulmenko on Facebook

“Compartment No. 6” at the Cannes Festival.

Soft Skills and Personal strategy: What PSU Has to Offer its Alumni?

The Career Center at Perm State University has upgraded its forms of activity. Besides its primary task to search for vacancies for the PSU students and graduates, since now, it will also assist them at building a career strategy, and provide related trainings.

“Competition in the labor market requires the University graduates to be able to plan their professional progress. To enable this, it is important for them to participate in various competitions – understanding their knowledge application and learning to present themselves properly. Hence the upgrade in our Career Center’s work. As PSU benefits from its alumni’s success, we are eager to acquire it in various ways. In the fall, the Center’s staff will start workshops on how to pass an interview and write a resume,”

says Olga Maksyutenko, head of the Applicants and Graduates Department, PSU.

The Career Center will supervise PSU students who participate in federal competitions. For instance, a career game and project “Your Move” allowed its participants to talk to an experienced gamer sharing her piece of advice. A 3rd year undergraduate in Ecology and Nature Management Svetlana Polygalova has already completed the required task and, among other contestants, will travel across Russia.

For Reference:

A survey, questioning PSU alumni ‘2021 showed that 51% of them were employed at the moment of graduation. 54% of respondents had work experience in their field, already. PSU alumni viewed their careers differently: 53% were looking forward to be freelancers or run their own businesses. 43% of them intended to become hired employees.

First Graduates in Pharmacy Exit PSU

The first group of pharmacists has graduated from Perm State University (PSU), where they learned how to develop, manufacture and register new medical products, analyze drugs and draw up a business plan for a private pharmaceutical enterprise.

Graduates of the Faculty of Chemistry build further careers as drug production technologists, researchers in pharmacology, pharmacists, as well as work in forensic and medical examination centers. Some of the students have started working while studying at the University.

“While studying, our students passed an internship at the Medisorb (Медисорб) JSC Pharmaceutical Company, a great place to drill skills for future specialists. Local pharmacies and pharmaceutical production also served as worthy placements,”

admits Pyotr Mashchenko, Acting Head, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, Faculty of Chemistry, PSU.

Recently, the Faculty has opened applications for 14 budget (state-funded) and contract 60 (private paid) places in Pharmacy. Applications are due to 18 August, 2021.

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